Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Old is New again...
WWD has a great article about the time Julia Child came and cooked lunch for them in 1972. Julia stressed thrift as being not just about boring food...she was all about transforming the most humble of ingredients into flavorful meals that would satisfy both the senses and the pocketbook. A couple of years ago I found an old copy of 'Mastering the Art of French Cuisine' at a goodwill store on the island of Molokai, of all places! This article makes me want to pull it out and read it again!
I love looking back to our past for inspiration and am always on the lookout for a good thrift store or flea market. When I was a kid we would drive a few miles north from our town in Michigan up to the Armada Flea Market. It was (and I think still is!) the quintessential outdoor market where you park under the trees and shop the local farmers fruits and veggies as well as antique vendors from all over the area. It's one of the things I miss the most about the midwest...here in Alaska, the outdoor markets are just catching on and they are mostly farmers markets...this state is still so young, antiques are hard to come by!
In the spirit of marrying the old and the new, amazing and innovative chef Grant Achatz (who also happened to grow up in the Armada area...strange coicindence,no?) has written an interesting piece for the Atlantic about that very subject.